95th Grey Cup
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The 95th Grey Cup was held in Toronto at the Rogers Centre on November 25, 2007. The Grey Cup, first awarded in 1909, is the championship game of the Canadian Football League. It was played between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, with the Roughriders winning 23-19. It was the first Grey Cup meeting between the two teams, and was also the first time any Labour Day Classic matchup has been played in the Grey Cup.
|Date||November 25, 2007|
|Most Valuable Player||James Johnson|
|Most Valuable Canadian||Andy Fantuz|
|National anthem||Barenaked Ladies|
|Coin toss||Lieutenant-Governor David Onley|
|Halftime show||Lenny Kravitz|
|Network||CBC, RDS, CBCHD|
|Announcers||(CBC) Mark Lee, Chris Walby, Elliotte Friedman, Sean Millington, Greg Frers, Steve Armitage and Khari Jones|
|Ratings||3,539,000 in Canada|
|Wikinews has related news: Saskatchewan Roughriders win 2007 Grey Cup|
The 95th Grey Cup was the 46th Grey Cup hosted by Toronto since the championship's inception in 1909 and the first it has hosted since 1992. SkyDome/Rogers Centre previously hosted the 77th Grey Cup in 1989 and the 80th Grey Cup in 1992. The game was announced as a sellout on November 19, 2007. Ticket prices ranged from $94 to $560.
The game was viewed by approximately 3.337 million viewers on CBC television, up from 3.202 million the previous year. This was the last Grey Cup and CFL game broadcast by CBC, as TSN became the exclusive TV home for the CFL the following season.
Grey Cup FestivitiesEdit
The Grey Cup festivities began with a four-day festival that had over 50 events at several venues in downtown Toronto including the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and the CN Tower. The festival area was bounded by Spadina Avenue east to Bay Street and from Nathan Phillips Square south to Lake Ontario.
On the weekend of the Grey Cup, there was a "Celebration of Football" with games hosted at the Rogers Centre at amateur, high school, and university level, including the 43rd Vanier Cup, the CIS football championship. The Vanier Cup game was held on November 23, 2007 at Rogers Centre with the Manitoba Bisons versus the Saint Mary's Huskies. This marked the first time the Vanier Cup has been held in conjunction with the Grey Cup.
Confirmed festival events include:
- Annual team parties (e.g. Riderville, MontreALS Huddle, Double Blue Bash, Tigertown, Lions' Den, including the nonexistent Atlantic Schooners)
- Grey Cup Chopper raffle
- Street festivals on Front Street and Bremner Street
- BMX Bike Park presented by the Argonauts' Stop The Violence foundation
- Grey Cup House built by CFL players and fans for Habitat for Humanity
- CFL Player Awards at Roy Thomson Hall
- Grey Cup Gala at Liberty Grand hosted by Brent Butt
- CN Tower party hosted by Trish Stratus
- Grey Cup Party Series hosted by Trailer Park Boys Ricky, Julian and Bubbles
- Musical acts
- https://www.cfl.ca/article/2007_grey_cup_game_sold_out 2007 Grey Cup game sold out
- "Calgary jacks up Grey Cup ticket prices". CBC News. January 23, 2009.
- CBC Sports (2007-11-26). "Grey Cup watched by more than 3.3 million viewers". CBC.ca. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
- "2007 GREY CUP FESTIVAL DETAILS ANNOUNCED". Toronto Argonauts Football Club. Archived from the original on 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
- Coutts, Matthew (2007-11-24). "Football fans remain loyal to Atlantic Schooners". CTV.ca News. Retrieved 2008-11-19.